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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Pedophilia Court Settlements Plunge Catholic Diocese into Bankruptcy

     The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana is set to file for bankruptcy protection in advance of proposed settlements for two lawsuits that claim clergy members sexually abused 362 people over decades and the church covered it up….The settlement details are being worked out, but the U.S Bankruptcy Court in Montana would be responsible for approving and supervising the disbursement of $15 million to compensate the identified victims, plus an additional amount set aside for those who come forward later….

     The two lawsuits filed in 2011 claim clergy members groomed and abused the children from the 1940s to the 1970s. They claim the diocese shielded the offenders and knew or should have known the threat they posed to children.

Matt Votz, "Catholic Diocese to File for Bankruptcy Protection," Associated Press, January 31, 2014

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